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English-speakers spent enough time discussing a “climate emergency” that the phrase was awarded Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year on Wednesday.
The word of the year is “a word or expression shown through usage evidence to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, and have lasting potential as a term of cultural significance.”
The dictionary defined climate emergency as “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it.”
According to Oxford’s analysis of language data, use of the term rapidly increased over the year, hitting its peak in September …